Name: Kate Burge
Athlete of the week achievement: In two playoff games, Burge went 4-for-6, hitting a home run in the Lady Mounties' PIAA Class AA 3-2 quarterfinal win over Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday.
Season update: Burge is hitting .365 this season with three home runs. She has driven in 23 runs for the Lady Mounties, who will play Burrell in the state semifinals today.
Coach Jim Gonder's quote: "She has been our unsung hero all year. She's been real clutch in a number spots. She's protected Chelsea Rex in the number four spot."
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Simcox
Favorite subject: Biology
Favorite movie: A tie: "Marley & Me" and "Dinner for Schmucks''
Favorite food: Fettucini Alfredo
Favorite song: "Country Girl, Shake It For Me" by Luke Bryan
Outside interests: Cooking and hanging out with friends.
Favorite professional team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite college team: Tennessee Lady Volunteers
Pro athlete most admired: Albert Pujols
Best athlete I ever played with: U18 summer team members
Best athlete I ever competed against: Bald Eagle Area's Kelly Chambers
Most influential person on my athletic career: "My cousin, Matt Adams"
Proudest athletic achievement: "Hitting my first home run in eighth grade."
How I got my start in softball: "Everyone in my family plays ball, so I started when I was in pre-school."
Future goal: "Go to college and play softball."